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This is a discussion on Psychopsis Kahili keiki within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I've searched and searched to find if this is common with Psychopsis with zero results. ...

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    Default Psychopsis Kahili keiki

    I've searched and searched to find if this is common with Psychopsis with zero results. Has anyone here experienced this?

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    I cannot keep that kind of oncid alive long enough to tell you. lol Looks cool...good luck with it.

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    Hi Mitch, I also got the same problem, usually it occur due to the plants itself in stress dont know for what ever reason, maybe the roots system is not functionally well or the media to soggy. They can produce multiple keikie even on the old pseudobulb as you can see in the photos below.
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    Thanks for the reply Zainal. My thought would be that this occurs only when the plant is either very happy in it's environment, or as you suggested, simply trying to survive. Psychopsis can be a bit temperamental but I've adapted. Three older spikes, two new developing and almost always one bloom on this one.

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    I hope you can get it to develop. We lost our Psychopsis after it bloomed for three solid years. It just turned brown and died. I wish it would have made a keiki. Good luck with yours, Mitch.

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    hi to all, not that their is an exact science to anything but I have found that this oncid to be treated as a newly bought meconopsis poppy. Up until the last 1 - 2 years ive only kept a small collection. This oncid has been part of it for a while now. I loved it so much if 1 died i bought no2 etc etc.
    when i bought my first himalayan poppy i got some obscure advice with it and applied it to no4 oncid for some reason. IT WORKED. dont know why.THIS IS ONLY FOR A YOUNGISH PLANT not a mature one.
    This is the rule for meco himylayan poppy adapted for this oncid.
    Do not let a young plant 12 - 24 months flower, approx 1 psb 3 -4 leaves. If purchased in spike remove it ( I know??????). Do not let it bloom in succession on the spike no matter how tempting. Wait and it will pass its awkward phase.
    Remove the spike close as poss to psb to avoid complications in energy use with re spiking and kiki grwth.
    Between 2 and 4 new shoots will appear in rosette like form from the base. These are your newbies for the spiking. and you can leave them too bloom sequentially? (on same spike) like a phrag or paph. Patience is the key for this but its worth it. Had my no4 plant from my uncle before it was available commercially ----vendor information removed - see faqs on posting ---- It been divided multiple times and the stress hasnt bothered it at all.

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    Thanks, Matt! I have been eyeing psychopsis orchids, but now will feel more confident taking the plunge with these.

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    How very interesting ; I have never read that advice about Meconopsis, but worked it out for myself , and it does work - in fact with them I went further - don't let them flower until multi-growth, never on a single growth.
    I have done this with odonts too - way, way back, when I found I could grow them well, but flowering just took too much out of them ( S/H is a complete answer with odonts).
    I will certainlu look out for some Psychopsis to buy at the next big show I get to, and try this advice.

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    Hi panam & Dorsetman. I definetly came to the conclusion that a young plant does not survive blooming, especially sequentially and that yes with the meconopsis it needs to have the sturdy foundation and support of a multi growth.
    I would love to know how mother nature controls this particular requirement of a plant to survive in the wild as all plants race to reproduce dependant on their environment. Evolution or just human interfering?

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    I guess that the conditions unde which we grow them are very far removed from conditions in the wild, however hard we try ; Meconopsis of course come from places like Tibet . but grow well in Scotland in those great gardens on the West coast - and the islands there. Their climate is modified by the Gulf Strteam, so that there is no snow or ice, but it's quite far north, so never gets very warm - the weather forecast today for western Scotland is for 13 degrees C - whereas here in Southern England it is 23 ( and not a sunny day ).They also get an awful lot of rain.... I can't duplicate that , so if I try to grow them they need to be very strong plants really well established to stand any chance at all.
    Maybe the same kind of things - different values of colurse, apply to the psychopsis. ( Oops - senior moment - said Eriopsis in an earlier version of this post - realised as sooin as I had pressed the "submit" button....)
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